Polk Co Sheriff s Office sought names of web site commenters

Nov 12, 2010 Full story: www.cedartownstd.com 237

The Polk County Sheriffs Office obtained seven subpoenas in an attempt to find out the names of specific anonymous bloggers discussing the department on a chat site.

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bart

Rockmart, GA

#1 Nov 13, 2010
Must have touched a nerve.
bart

Rockmart, GA

#2 Nov 13, 2010
I always take up for law enforcement in this county,but for you to say,give me your information but we can't give our information is two face as hell. We are number one in georgia for the meth problem out of one hundred and fifty nine counties and number four in the nation.Don't worry about he said ,she said.Go to work---------.
susieQ

Rockmart, GA

#3 Nov 13, 2010
I totally agree bart, who cares who said what about whatever situation, everyone is intitled to their own opinion, more time needs to be spent on the drug and gang problem and THEFT problem in Rockmart/Cedartown then wasting hours tracing IP addresses. Just because you trace it back to my phone or computer doesnt mean I am the one who posted a comment, I let people use my phone all the time and computer......
bart

Rockmart, GA

#4 Nov 14, 2010
susieQ wrote:
I totally agree bart, who cares who said what about whatever situation, everyone is intitled to their own opinion, more time needs to be spent on the drug and gang problem and THEFT problem in Rockmart/Cedartown then wasting hours tracing IP addresses. Just because you trace it back to my phone or computer doesnt mean I am the one who posted a comment, I let people use my phone all the time and computer......
Thank you susie, that's just another person in the government trying to control the Internet.Polk co does not have the money to pursue it.
AmosMoses

Acworth, GA

#5 Nov 14, 2010
So what you gonna do when they come knockin on your door?
bart

Rockmart, GA

#6 Nov 14, 2010
AmosMoses wrote:
So what you gonna do when they come knockin on your door?
Not going to happen.
MightyMac

Cedartown, GA

#7 Nov 15, 2010
Read it real good, one for the money...
TWO for Topix and....
three...hhmmm
Crazy Stuff

Rome, GA

#8 Nov 16, 2010
It's ridiculous and the Sheriff should be ashamed. This all falls squarely on his shoulders and no one else. I'm wondering if the real purpose is not to identify and investigate, but rather to intimidate and silence?
bart

Rockmart, GA

#10 Nov 16, 2010
Crazy Stuff wrote:
It's ridiculous and the Sheriff should be ashamed. This all falls squarely on his shoulders and no one else. I'm wondering if the real purpose is not to identify and investigate, but rather to intimidate and silence?
It is.
smitty229

Cedartown, GA

#11 Nov 16, 2010
Whenever you post a comment on any blog it leaves an IP address
The owner of that IP address is responsible for ALL post from that site
The only exception to that in my opinion is if a hacker has managed to steal the use of the IP address
The ones that have put the Sheriff or Deputies down on any blog are breaking the law pure and simple
Unfortunately we have both a Sheriff a Constitutional offic) and a Polk County Police Department
The best way to support our lawmen or lawladies is to post positive remarks
Crazy Stuff

Rome, GA

#12 Nov 16, 2010
Smitty. OCGA 16-11-40, criminal defamation, is a misdemeanor. I'd like to know the man hours and money used to investigate this misdemeanor as opposed to the manhours spent to investigate burglaries in Polk County.
Crazy Stuff

Rome, GA

#13 Nov 16, 2010
Add to that the number of Criminal Defamation charges made by Polk Sheriff Dept in the past ten years. I'm guessing Zero.
smitty229

Cedartown, GA

#14 Nov 16, 2010
Crazy Stuff you seem to forget what the Sheriff is responsible for when he dosn't have the full authority that the office was designed for.

The Sheriff is Constitutionally the senior law enforcement officer in the county and his authority is state wide.

Some counties in Georgia have only one law enforcement agency instead of two.

The Sheriff is chosen by the voters not the County Commissioners.

The Polk County Police Chief serves at the pleasure of the County Commissioners and his authority is inside Polk County.

Some years back the Board of County Commissioners appearently decided to strip the Sheriff of being a full investgative authority that they could not over rule.

Since you like to look up state statutes why don't you look up the constitutional duties of a Sheriff.

As to comments some made about the Chief Magistrate Judge that were slanted the wrong way just know that a person does not HAVE to be a lawyer to serve the current one is most definately a qualified lawyer and was when elected.
Crazy Stuff

Rome, GA

#15 Nov 16, 2010
Searching for criminal defamation charges made in Georgia, I found ONE. In Polk County, LAST WEEK. Justin Andrew Bowman, age 26, arrested and charged with harassing phone calls, theft by extortion and criminal defamation.

Coincidence?
Crazy Stuff

Rome, GA

#16 Nov 16, 2010
A link so that I can save some the time of lawsuits and investigations.:-)

http://www.examiner.com/crime-in-atlanta/arre...
Crazy Stuff

Rome, GA

#17 Nov 16, 2010
You would think that a newspaper would catch things like this. Surely there is an incident report. If he is involved in this topic then it should be reported, but it's not.
If it turns out that the FIRST criminal defamation case ever made in Polk County just Happens to occur when the Sheriff is under fire for investigating a criminal defamation case, that would be interesting and make some question the motives of the Sheriff. It too should be reported.
wow

Orlando, FL

#18 Nov 16, 2010
smitty229 wrote:
Whenever you post a comment on any blog it leaves an IP address
The owner of that IP address is responsible for ALL post from that site.......
I guess that includes the library right? Are they going to hold the library responsible for what their patrons post on a website?

A lot of people use libraries and different wi-fi spots. If someone takes their laptop to a coffee shop or something of the sort, there will be a different IP address at each one. Personally, I don't care if someone knows who I am. I've not been a part of all the b/s, but even if I had been, it wouldn't faze me one bit in the least. What I say in print, I am more than willing to say face to face.
MightyMac

Cedartown, GA

#19 Nov 16, 2010
Funny...
I seem to have had some of my comments deleted.
I wonder why?
Perhaps the owner of a local site didn't like them.
Would topix delete comments for that reason?
Guess it's their site, they can if they want.

Just a heads up to some of ya'll
(you know who you are) ask some of the ones that have been there the longest if they remember a user by the name thing-a-ma-jiggy, and if they remember what I told them in a private room about McGee and a judge that has been mentioned.
Remember..there ARE no private rooms, they may be called that. There are no private ANYTHING.
MightyMac

Cedartown, GA

#20 Nov 16, 2010
The owner of a site can be held responsible in some cases. But why would they be...if they just hand over any info that's asked for?
Do your own research (I don't get paid to do it)
There were some cases concerning that in the news in the last two years. I believe one was on it's way to the supreme court, not sure because I stopped following the story, it no longer directly concerned me.
Bart

Rockmart, GA

#22 Nov 19, 2010
Crazy Stuff wrote:
Smitty. OCGA 16-11-40, criminal defamation, is a misdemeanor. I'd like to know the man hours and money used to investigate this misdemeanor as opposed to the man hours spent to investigate burglaries in Polk County.
That is what i said to begin with,your exactly right. For these people to start all this, they must be guilty of something.The sheriffs office will have to prove all seven wrong in a court of law,if they can identify them? Fox news has already picked up on this story.By the time they stop spending money on this,no officer is going to get a raise.

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